Predicting the Impact of Every Dallas Cowboys 2014 Draft Pick

Dallas Cowboys: Predicting the Impact of Every 2014 Draft Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys filled needs in the 2014 NFL Draft. Unlike the past few years, the Cowboys need to get immediate production from their rookie class in 2014. Fortunately for Cowboys fans, this team can make the playoffs this season and if they do, the rookie class will need to be a big reason why. Here are my predictions for the impacts of every 2014 draft pick.j

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Zack Martin

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Zack Martin

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Johnny Manziel was on the board when the Cowboys were on the clock, but Dallas elected to bolster their offensive line by adding a versatile offensive tackle like Notre Dame's Zack Martin. By drafting Martin, the Cowboys now have a guy to pair with a stud-duo in Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick.

Impact - High

Demarcus Lawrence

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Demarcus Lawrence

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The Cowboys gave up a lot to get Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and I don't have a problem with that, considering Rod Marinelli is a defensive mastermind and it will be interesting to see what he could do with Lawrence. Because of Anthony Spencer's injury, Dallas might be forced to throw Lawrence into the fire right away.

Impact - High

Anthony Hitchens

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Anthony Hitchens

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The Cowboys drafted Anthony Hitchens out of Iowa in the fourth round and that was to the dismay of many Cowboys fans. Although he is still very raw against the pass, Hitchens has a nose for the football and that will be the calling card for Dallas in 2014. Hitchens could fill in as the starting middle linebacker in Sean Lee's absence.

Impact - Med-to-High

Devin Street

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Devin Street

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At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Pittsburgh's Devin Street has an NFL-ready body, but he needs to put on more weight before the season starts. Street is one of the best route-runners and one of the smartest receivers in this year's draft class. Street is versatile enough to play all three receiver positions and he will be a good red-zone target next season.

Impact - High

Ben Gardner

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Ben Gardner

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Ben Gardner is one of my favorite players from Dallas' draft class. Coming from Stanford, Gardner played against good collegiate competition and he has the makings of an excellent rotational defensive lineman. Gardner has small arms and he isn't that fast off the edge, but again, Marinelli could make him a big part of the rotation.

Impact - Med-to-High

Will Smith

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Will Smith

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The pick of Will Smith was an interesting one. Obviously, the Cowboys needed to add depth at the linebacker position with Lee and Bruce Carter being so injury-prone, but there were better players available. Shayne Skov was available and he is easily a better player than Smith.

Impact - Low

Ahmad Dixon

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Ahmad Dixon

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Ahmad Dixon was projected to go in the middle rounds, but instead, Dixon fell to the latter rounds and the Cowboys were able to sweep the instate product up. Dixon needs help against the pass, but he is an intriguing presence in the defensive backfield. Dixon is versatile enough to play either safety position and that will be of great use in Dallas.

Impact - Medium

Ken Bishop

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Ken Bishop

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It took a while, but the Cowboys landed a defensive tackle in the seventh round and that player was Ken Bishop. The Northern Illinois is a hard-working player. Bishop played two years of junior college and the Cowboys love his blue-collar attitude. The problem is that he may not be talented enough to be more than a rotational defensive tackle.

Impact - Low-to-Med

Terrance Mitchell

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Terrance Mitchell

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The Cowboys have three quality cornerbacks in Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick. The problem is that the Cowboys do not have quality depth behind the three. Last year, the Cowboys drafted B. W. Webb, but he looked inept on defense in 2013. Terrance Mitchell will make a difference as a depth cornerback.

Impact - Medium


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